November 1, 2013 |
Here's an entertaining spring cruise from Smithsonian Journeys that focuses on Florida's natural beauty, historic sites, wildlife and cultural charms. After embarking in Tampa, Fla., the 130-passenger ship Yorktown will sail around the Florida peninsula. Stops will include Sarasota and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sanibel Island, Key Largo and Key West, Miami and Villa Vizcaya, a full-day excursion to Everglades National Park, Palm Beach, the Kennedy Space Center, St. Augustine, Amelia and Cumberland islands, and Savannah.
April 1, 1990 |
All along the dazzling white sand beaches embracing this 14-mile-long, 2-mile-wide southwest Florida island, men and women, boys and girls are bent over picking up seashells. From dawn to dusk, all one sees dotting the beaches are derrieres. They call it the "Sanibel stoop." This island is a mecca for seashell collectors, the seashell capital of America.
May 2, 1993 |
When my husband's grandfather first visited Sanibel Island in the late 1940s, he arrived by ferry, over three miles of shallow, blue-green waters, from near Ft. Myers on the mainland. There were only two places to stay on the island, guest houses where the accommodations were simple and rustic. Meals were served at set times, and there was a choice of one or two entrees, usually a local fish.
December 1, 2002 |
Seen on the beach here: Florida fighting conchs, sand dollars, tapering lightning whelks, calico scallops, spiky murexes, kitten's paws, all abundant and free for the taking, assuming the little critters these shells once housed have moved on. Shells may be hard to find on other beaches, but they wash ashore in piles on Sanibel and Captiva, two slender barrier islands connected by a bridge off the west coast of Florida.
December 15, 2002
"Florida's Treasure Islands" (Dec. 1) was delightful. I grew up in Coral Gables, Fla., during the '50s and '60s, and my family visited Sanibel and Captiva islands before a bridge from the mainland existed. We were ferried over. Then Sanibel had one plain motel, an even plainer wood general store, lots of sand -- and tons of shells. Ted Nicholas Indian Wells, Calif.
September 19, 2000 |
Tropical Depression Gordon drenched parts of the Southeast but did little to offset the region's long-running drought, with torrential rains running off the parched ground. The former hurricane caused scattered flooding, roof damage and power outages across Florida, but no deaths. It produced little more than hard rain as it streamed across Georgia and up the East Coast into North Carolina. But 200 miles south of the Keys, on Sanibel Island, damage was estimated at more than $1 million.